Monday, November 21, 2011

Progress post: Book 2, draft 3

I have 11425 words written in "Reincarnation," and I'm about halfway through chapter 4.  I seem to have fallen into a pattern of writing half of it in one character's perspective, then switching to the other character.

I've just written a scene that wasn't possible with the single-perspective way I'd written it previously, and I'm pretty pleased with it.  I like this character.  I like being in his head.  And it feels a lot more natural for him to get these tidbits of information I keep feeding him, instead of Samantha hoarding it all.  The story feels a lot more balanced.

Unfortunately, the changes I've made mean changes to quite a few events, so I've been shuffling things around to even out the balance of action and information and to make it not boring.  I'm sure I'll be doing some editing after this draft is done to move around the chunks of exposition, or to delete them entirely.  But right now, I'm just moving forward, and giving myself permission to suck.

It's important to me that I get as much of this done now as possible.  When I have editing work, I'm not going to have as much time to work.  I could always cut down on my sleep and internet time.  I suppose I could afford to spend a little less time staring at other people's words online, but I do need some decompression time after work, or my writing group is going to start asking me why my characters are so frustrated all the time.

And sleep?  I get little enough sleep as it is.

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